Bren-Mar Celebrates 30 Years!

This is the year – 2018!  

In September Bren-Mar Construction Celebrates 30 years in business. Those years have brought with it many clients, owners, architects and subcontractors along the journey. But mostly it has brought us many new friends!

Thirty years has seen a great many changes in the construction industry. Contractors now use digital plans, cell phones, tablets and smart gadgets. Project Managers use construction software and computer aided design. Jobsites have increased health and safety standards, enhanced equipment, drone technology and construction wearables. There are more systematic approaches to all aspects of construction, with the ability to achieve more and faster than ever before.

The building industry has definitely seen change since 1988! And Bren-Mar has been right there as witness to these many changes embracing the shifts in construction means and methods as well as advancing the company begun 30 years ago.

Bren-Mar remained strong throughout these 30 years with many economic ups and downs. Bren-Mar’s business philosophy has been the same since Brent started the company and is reflected in the company’s mission statement today: always give your best, take care of the customer providing exceptional service with high quality craftsmanship – every time.

We Celebrate the Journey on 30!

 

Love Is In The Air

It’s February and love is in the air. And by “love” of course we mean the smell of fresh baked cookies. After all, they’re one in the same, right?

Breaking ground on what is likely the best smelling jobsite in the region, Bren-Mar Construction is excited to partner with crust – a baking company in our hometown of Fenton on their massive expansion. The facility will more than double in size -from 5,000sf to 13,000sf- with growth in all areas of their operation; from baking and shipping to retail and dining.

Read more in this great article by local newspaper TC Times writer Sally Rummell. Or check out the video by TC Times’ Tim Jagielo.

Follow the ongoing progress of the job here on our Blog and at crust’s facebook page.

Who’s That Lady?

While the guys of Bren-Mar regularly make the rounds to jobsites and meetings with clients, behind the scenes are a couple ladies helping make their jobs easier – wherever they may be. You’ve likely spoken to but perhaps never seen Devon or Erica. These ladies are like the Superwoman of Bren-Mar, rarely seen but always at the ready.

While Devon handles more day-to-day things around the office than we’d care to admit, Erica works from afar in our affectionately referred to Bren-Ver satellite location in Colorado. And when they’re not busy working, both of these gals love to spend time enjoying their families and the outdoors.

 

Devon is a sucker for a beautiful garden and has been known to make day trips to Midland or Grand Rapids to enjoy the peaceful serenity of Dow Gardens and Meijer Gardens. While she maintains that her own garden is quite modest, we’ve heard that it has it’s own pond so we do have our doubts. She is also brightening the office with it’s bounty all spring and summer, which we truly enjoy! And if she’s not at the garden you might find her on the shores of Lake Michigan. Having grown up North of Muskegon she just can’t resist those expansive beaches and cool blue waves, no matter the season. And who could blame her, really? We love the lake too!

 

While she misses the abundance of beautiful lakes, large and small, that Michigan offers, Erica has been embracing what water she is able to find out in Colorado. Trout fishing in small mountain lakes and hiking along rivers. While the scenery is a bit different, it is equally beautiful in it’s own regard. She has enjoyed exploring new towns and has found Golden to be a favorite, and not for the reason you might think -cough, Coors Brewery, cough-. The town is home to Clear Creek History Park which has it’s very own chickens that kids, adults and dogs love to stop by and visit!

A Very Merry Christmas

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Welcome Rich and Shake Shack!

Bren-Mar Construction welcomes Rich Cossettini as the Superintendent for the new Shake Shack project located in historic downtown Detroit. Rich is a history buff who has a true passion for construction and over 25 years in the industry. He’ll be putting all that knowledge to good use on this project. In addition to welcoming Rich to the team, we also want to welcome Shake Shack as this will be their first restaurant in Michigan. We can’t wait for the doors to open!

Stork Delivery!

Clark Holland

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On Saturday, September 10, Max Williams and his wife, Kristen, welcomed the newest addition to their family; Clark Holland weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz., stretching 19.25 inches long.

 

 

Willaims Brothers Matthew&Clark

 

Clark joins big brothers Henry and Matthew who are excited to now have their parents outnumbered.

 

Congratulations Williams’ family – we think the next one will be a girl!

The Elusive Walter Campbell

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We have been attempting a blog which highlights our beloved Wally for nearly a year now. But if you know Wally, it should come as no surprise to you that he has managed to escape our spotlight.

As the Bren-Mar Team continues to grow, Wally has been taking on the role of mentor in addition to his ‘day job’ as project manager. While he’s busy providing guidance to our newest project managers this mentoring often takes him all over the greater Flint/Detroit region so keep your eyes peeled and you might even catch a glimpse of him for yourself!

Since Wally has been so successful in escaping and deflecting our inquiries into his life, we can only speculate as to his hobbies and interests. Here’s what we’ve been able to gather over the last couple of years:

  • Wally has a family; his wife, Dianna, and two children; a son and daughter. We estimate both children to be in their mid twenties and know that his daughter is engaged and that he and his son hunt together.
  • Wally has a pool; he and his family sometimes host barbeques at said pool; we’ve never been invited otherwise we would be able to provide further information on this detail.
  • Wally enjoys cars and has a Mustang, we know he attended the Woodward Dream Cruise this year and suspect he may have taken his Mustang.
  • Wally and his family like to vacation along the eastern seaboard; while we can’t recall if he’s ever divulged the exact town, we do know that he’s brought back saltwater taffy to share with us at the office.
  • Wally dislikes chocolate; it’s taken us awhile to come to grips with this fact but once we realized it was one less person to share treats with we were pretty quick to overcome this somewhat odd fact.

While the details of his life outside of Bren-Mar are hard to come by, we could go on and on about his work related accolades. Rather than bore you with the industry specific details, just trust us when we say he is exceptional at his job. Wally is a much appreciated asset to our company and we look forward to learning more about him -little by little- over the future years.IMG_2130

Back to School Season

AugI’ve heard it described as “the most wonderful time of the year” by parents of school-aged children, while teachers and teens typically disagree. Back to school is a time to set goals for learning and growth over the next year while enacting a plan to ensure one’s success – a time to sharpen your pencil, so to speak.

Perhaps you too are taking stock of your planned growth for the next year. Maybe that growth includes relocation, expanding or just a fresh coat of paint. If you’ve got a plan, we can help ensure it’s success. If you’re starting with a blank slate, let us connect you with our team of skilled and friendly professionals; it’s like getting the ‘good’ teacher!

After all, a new project should be exciting, like a field trip to the cider mill but without the cramped and sweaty bus ride.

Summertime and the Living’s Easy

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It’s officially here – summer; sweet, sweet summer. The long, warm days combine with sunny disposition to create a season that can’t fully be explained but just has to be experienced.

There’s something else the summer brings -especially here in Michigan- and that’s construction. We are all very aware of the road construction projects which just happen to coincide with our otherwise cheer-filled season. Summer trips near and far can quickly come to a literal halt due to this busy time of pavement improvements. And while roadways are not in our construction portfolio, we sure are busy this summer working on projects of our own.

Fortunately, you won’t find any of our projects slowing things to a halt. Our skilled leaders are masters at planning, taking care of all the coordination and scheduling that keep projects moving forward.

Let Bren-Mar keep things rolling on your next project, handling all the hard work, so that you can enjoy that carefree experience of summertime, anytime of the year.